As we all know, campaigning may get all the attention BUT it is the bread and butter of running a local group such as Birmingham FOE that enables us to be as effective as we possibly can be with the limited resources at our disposal.

Barbara Wroot, who has recently passed away, was our membership secretary during the Nineties. Barbara used to come into the Warehouse every week and keep our membership details up to scratch and chase those people who needed a gentle nudge. Barbara was always polite but firm with these calls. She was also at the sharp end of introducing our Golden Supporter scheme, whereby members paid monthly by Direct Debit. This allowed us to spread our income over the year and budget accordingly and to employ a daytime campaigner. Indeed, we were early adopters of such a scheme and ahead of many national organisations.

Barbara also joined in many of our social events and was never far from joining in on the tea run when the call went out for re-hydration!

We offer our thoughts and best wishes to her daughter Lesley, who was also active with Birmingham FOE, and all of her family. 

Chris Crean